Synonyms of smear in English:



  • 1 the table was smeared with grease
    streak, smudge, stain, mark, soil, dirty; blur
    informal splotch, splodge
    literary besmirch
  • 2 smear the meat with olive oil
    cover, coat, grease, lard; anoint
    literary bedaub
  • 3 she smeared sunblock on her skin
    spread, rub, daub, slap, slather, smother, plaster, cream, slick; apply, put on, dab
    literary besmear
  • 4 it's a campaign by people who are trying to smear our reputation
    sully, tarnish, besmirch, blacken, drag through the mud/mire, stain, taint, damage, defame, discredit, defile, vilify, malign, slander, libel, stigmatize, calumniate; North Americanslur
    informal do a hatchet job on
    literary smirch
    rare asperse, vilipend
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  • 1 a smear of yellow paint smears of blood
    streak, smudge, daub, dab, spot, patch, blotch, blob; stain, mark
    informal splotch, splodge
  • 2 there were a number of press smears about some of his closest aides
    false accusation, false report, false imputation, slander, libel, lie, untruth, slur, defamation, calumny, vilification; stain, taint
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